Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.
'Take it with a grain of salt' means to be skeptical about something. But where does the phrase come from?
Why do conversations about race get so awkward? And what are some ways to keep them friendly and productive?
The @ sign is so much a part of the internet that it may surprise you to know it's been around for at least 1,500 years.
The majority of Native Americans speak the English language, so how many Native American languages are still in existence and being spoken today? It's a complicated question.
The Mad Hatter makes quite an impression in the 'Alice in Wonderland' books and movies. But the expression 'mad as a hatter' actually predates this character. So, where did the term come from?
Sign language interpreters provide critical lifelines to the deaf community, especially during crises. So who exactly are these superhero signers?
Xenophobia, or the fear of immigrants and strangers, has a long, unsettling history in the U.S. and across the globe. What makes this prejudice so prominent during hard times throughout history?
Punctuation can really make or break a sentence. Test your knowledge of basic (and not-so-basic) punctuation conventions by taking this quiz!
We all learned about grammar in grade school, but some of us retained the knowledge better than others. Test your knowledge of the finer points of English with our quiz.
If someone calls your tastes 'bourgeois,' should you thank them or shake a fist? You might have to check first with Moliere, Marx or Migos to be sure.
The Hindu religion considers cows holy. But that's certainly not why we utter the expression. So what's the story behind it?
Even if you hardly know your beta from your zeta, chances are you've used Greek letters at some point in your life. What are they and why are they so common?
And it's expressions like 'fake news' (instead of information fallacieuse) and 'cool! that are to blame.
Does anyone really know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Or a hurricane and a cyclone? You're about to learn with the answers to this quiz!
Once this skinny mark of excitement was mainly the provenance of excited teenage girls and inexperienced novelists. But now we're all peppering our sentences with exclamation marks. Is this a good thing?
You might know the quote but do you know what the speaker was referring to? See how many of these famous quips or disses you recognize.
In our modern vernacular, the phrase "that's just semantics" has somehow become shorthand to insinuate the speaker has argued something trivial or unimportant. But what does it really mean?
The two terms are often used interchangeably, though they have distinct meanings. We'll explain how they're different.
Abbreviations are supposed to make things easier, but when people misuse or misunderstand them they often do just the opposite. How well do you know these commonly flubbed abbreviations?
Our daily language is often geared for a world that recognizes people as either male or female. But with our growing recognition that not everyone falls into these categories, how can we speak more gender-inclusively?
Mnemonic devices are little tricks — like acronyms and phrases — that help us memorize important info. Our quiz will test your knowledge of everything from geography to music scales. And every single answer has a fun mnemonic attached.
Over the holidays, lots of gift-giving will be going on. But some people get anxious about opening a gift in front of the giver in case they don't like it and can't fake enough enthusiasm.
That old comedian's advice that the "k" sound is always good for a laugh has been proven true, too.
Is a dib an actual thing?
Groups of animals sure have some funny names. You can thank the Book of St. Albans for that.
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